QAnon Supporters Think John McAfee Is Tucker Carlson's NSA 'Whistleblower'

Supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory have suggested that recently deceased antivirus software entrepreneur John McAfee was the National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower who Tucker Carlson said revealed that the government agency had been spying on him.

During a segment on his Fox News show on Monday night, Carlson accused the Joe Biden administration of using the NSA to spy on his texts and emails, saying the information came to him from an unnamed source.

Carlson alleged the NSA was monitoring his and Fox News' electronic communications so they can "leak them in an attempt to take the show off the air."

He added: "The whistleblower, who is in a position to know, repeated back to us information about a story that we are working on, that can only come directly from my texts and emails. There's no other possible source for that information.

"The NSA captured that information without our knowledge and did it for political reasons. The Biden administration is spying on us.

"Spying on opposition journalists is incompatible with democracy. If they are doing it to us, and again, they are definitely doing it to us, they're almost certainly doing it to others. This is scary, and we need to stop it right away."

A clip of Carlson making the accusation was widely shared among hugely popular QAnon channels on messaging app Telegram.

But the claims from the Fox News host were met with a largely muted response in the comments from QAnon supporters—perhaps no surprise seeing as suggestions the NSA is spying on American citizens can appear tame compared to some of the beliefs held by the radical movement, such as leading Democratic figures regularly torturing and eating children as part of Satanic rituals.

One major QAnon advocate Praying Medic, real name Dave Hayes, did ask his 90,000 Telegram subscribers to "have a guess as to the identity of the NSA whistleblower" who contacted Tucker Carlson.

Among the hundreds of replies, one name that was repeated several times was McAfee's, who was found dead in a Spanish prison cell on June 23 after a suspected suicide.

"McAfee makes the most sense. He is spying on the spies....," wrote Telegram user Jonn Doss.

McAfee, 75, was found dead in a Barcelona jail hours after a Spanish court agreed to extradite him to the U.S. to face tax evasion charges.

QAnon supporters have speculated that—as was the case after the death of billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein—McAfee did not take his own life or may even still be alive.

The conspiracy theorists made the claims while pointing to past tweets of McAfee in which he stated he has no intention of taking his own life. McAfee got a tattoo on his arm that read "$WHACKD" in November 2019 to show that "If I suicide myself, I didn't. I was [whacked]."

Others also suggested that McAfee's death would result in a so-called dead man's switch—a term used when a device or computer software activates itself when its owner dies— that would expose corruption in government.

Some QAnon supporters said they believed that Carlson's claims about the NSA arriving less than a week after McAfee's death is proof his apparent dead man's switch has been activated to expose Biden.

Nancy Coleman wrote on Telegram in response to Praying Medic: "McAfee would make sense...or someone who has one of his kill switches."

Jeffrey Lightwell said: "McAfee makes a lot of sense. The Killswitch fired."

Ironically, one person who doesn't believe McAfee has a dead man's switch is Praying Medic himself. On June 26, he shared a skeptical post on Telegram asking: "List historical examples of (w/evidence) of a dead man's switch actually releasing info below."

The NSA has been contacted for comment about Carlson's claims.

If you have thoughts of suicide, confidential help is available for free at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255. The line is available 24 hours every day.

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QAnon supporters have suggested that John McAfee was the one who told Fox News' whistleblower Tucker Carlson that the NSA are allegedly been spying on him. Getty Images